All air travelers who are not New Zealand citizens must be fully vaccinated to enter the country.
New Zealand has announced strict border restrictions, as new cases of Covid-1 of have previously appeared in coronavirus-free areas.
“We are introducing the requirement for fully vaccinated passengers aged 17 or over, who are not New Zealand citizens, to enter New Zealand,” said Christ Hipkins, the Covid-1 response minister.
National flag carrier Air New Zealand has also announced a ‘No Job, No Fly’ policy for passengers on all international flights from 1 February.
The country has been largely successful in capturing the virus – reporting only 2 deaths out of a population of five million – thanks to strict border controls and lockdowns, allowing pre-epidemic life to resume.
But the extended border restrictions come as the city of Hamilton and neighboring Raglan were placed on a five-day lockdown, where only necessary movement was allowed, after two people tested positive.
The cases are not believed to be linked to the latest outbreak in Auckland, 160 kilometers away.
Two million cities have been on lockdown for nearly seven weeks as authorities fight an outbreak of highly contagious delta variant that has infected 1,320 people so far.
Nearly 2,000 people took part in an anti-lockdown rally in Auckland over the weekend, with Jacinda Ardern describing the protest as a “complete slap in the face” for adhering to strict rules banning public gatherings.
“It was illegal and it was also morally wrong,” the prime minister said.
New Zealand is pursuing a “Covid Zero” eradication strategy.
It was free of community transmission for six months before the latest Auckland outbreak.